By Virgilia Kaur Pruthi
The migrant crisis has been at the forefront of the media since last July as more than 800,000 refugees from Syria entered into Europe at an intensifying pace. Many people sought shelter at refugee camps such as Jordan’s Za’atari, where U.N. Women provide economic empowerment and programming such as English literacy and computer classes. Access to these skills, and potentially employment, serves to break the isolation refugees face and allows them to be economically independent in their new home.
Remarkably, there are several U.S.-based companies whose missions are to not just empower, but enable refugees and individuals who reside in developing nations. Here are two of them:
Tiossan is the only skincare company in the world that devotes 50 percent of its profits to finance entrepreneurial schools in Senegal. Now, Wade has launched a campaign to build a production facility in Senegal to create jobs in the African nation -- one that is no stranger to fleeing refugees.
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Virgilia Kaur Pruthi is an entrepreneur, community builder and writer. She is the Founder of the practice management tool Practice Well, organization dedicated to enabling personal development for millennial women called Network of Women, and author of the top selling book “An Immigrant’s Guide To Making It In America.” Virgilia has over 8 years of experience building and scaling technology products across the e-commerce, SaaS, health and government sectors.